Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mirror Makeover



Several years ago we replaced the plain builder grade vanity mirror with this classic gold one I found at Target. These walls used to be red, but since we are going to put our house on the market, we painted the small powder room a neutral color. 
The mirror didn't look right, especially with the dark iron accents. So I decided I would spray it with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint.





I hesitated a little bit when I took the mirror down because the finish is so pretty. But, I pressed on.


I taped up the edge and put newspaper over the whole thing. I tested the spray paint on a picture frame, but didn't like the way it looked, so I did some web surfing & several people suggested Rub and Buff Spanish Copper. So... off to Hobby Lobby I went.





 It was very easy to apply it with a rag. Make sure you wear gloves. You do just as the name says ; rub it on, (let dry) and buff it.






The finish looked too much like antique gold (left side of frame) - not oil rubbed bronze, so ...... I mixed some black, brown and a brown metallic craft paint together and rubbed it on. I let it sit for about a minute & then rubbed off the excess. It looked much better. (bottom of the mirror)


Here is the finished project! The darker finish goes much better with the other dark accessories in the bathroom. Now I need to get some new towels!




I will post the before and after of my tiny powder room at another time, so stay tuned ....

Pam





14 comments:

  1. It really does look beautiful! It's amazing how such small details make such big impacts...good eye for seeing the potential! Glad I found you through diy showoff!

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  2. This was a great idea!! I have a mirror like that, too, in my dining room and have been wondering what to do. Now I have project for the day!! LOL! You have a great blog and am now following....Michelle

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  3. Pretty! This turned out great!

    ~Liz

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  5. Pam I commented on this mirror earlier?? I wonder if something is wrong with my email? Anyhow, I said how much I love it black and how classy it looks!!~

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  6. The new dark color looks really wonderful! I think rub n buff is really fun to use, but I wish they had a larger variety of colors to.

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  7. It looks beautiful! I'm a huge fan of the darker finish. Great job!

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  8. That look Fabulous!!! I love how well it turned out!

    I would love for you to share this at my Spring has Sprung Party on Friday. There is a giveaway too!

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  9. Great job! I can't wait to see the before and afters! ;)

    Thanks for linking up to the DIY Project Parade!

    Roeshel

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  10. Much better! You did fabulous job!

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  11. Beautiful! And it looks pretty easy too! Thanks for sharing!
    I'm visiting from Tip Junkie!
    ~Liz

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  12. Oh gosh! I love it. I haven't tried Spanish Copper rub 'n buff. I just found an old tube & was so excited. But now I want to try the Sp Copper!

    Really beautiful!

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  13. LOVE the color you created! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing it at the POPP.

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